Joe Kovacs flipped the switch and the ball went flying. The IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 men’s shot put gold medallist uncorked a world-leading 22.13m on his final attempt to close out a dominant performance at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene on Friday (27).
After coming out with what he described as a cautious first attempt, the US putter held the lead throughout the competition and improved every round throughout a chilly evening at the Prefontaine Classic, becoming the first man over 22 metres this year.
“It’s the body waiting to have that little gear change. I didn’t do it in the first couple throws but I could feel the rhythm and excitement coming,” commented Kovacs.